Breaking: Calif. Supreme Court Says Prop. 8 Can Be Defended
San Francisco, CA – The California Supreme Court has just announced its decision that Prop. 8, which reaffirmed the state’s traditional definition of marriage, can be defended by ProtectMarriage.com since the Governor and Attorney General have refused to defend it.
The case now returns to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco for determination of Prop. 8’s constitutionality. Same-sex marriage advocates had argued that no one should be able to defend the law passed by voters, since state officials would not.
Pacific Justice Institute was part of the Protect Marriage coalition that swept Prop. 8 to approval by the voters, and PJI has filed several amicus briefs in the protracted litigation. PJI president Brad Dacus commented, “”This is not only an important victory in the battle to defend Proposition 8. It is also a victory for the voters of California to have their propositions defended, even when the Attorney General refuses to do so.”
For more extensive legal commentary on today’s developments, Mr. Dacus is available to the media at (916) 857-6900.